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Interactive Dog Toys That Teach Your Dog to Think

Updated on November 12, 2012
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Plush dog toys can be a frustrating investment. They’re cute, fluffy, cuddly and it's hard to resist buying one for your furry friend --- but they are so easily ripped to shreds. In no time at all, you have white stuffing all over the house. It looks like it snowed in the living room! And then comes the inevitable search for the squeaker…hopefully you’ll find it before your dog eats it!

If your dog is given to the “big search” (for the squeaker ) and you want to try a exceptional plush toy that lasts much longer, try the Intellibone by Kyjen.

This crafty dog toy was designed to challenge your dog’s intellect by giving him a puzzle to solve. The colorful stuffed rings (all contain squeakers) slip onto a stuffed plush bone. They are designed in just the right way to be a challenge for Fido. He’ll have to use his ingenuity to take them off. Oh, he’ll figure it out, alright, while having lots of fun discovering the secret to the Intellibone. Put the rings back on for him, and he’ll go at it again and again. You’ll be amazed at how much playing pleasure he’ll get out of his new toy and you won’t see the stuffing…possibly for weeks!

Intellibones come in colorful rings on a big bone or tan rings on a long sausage-dog. Either one will be loads of fun for your dog.


Creative Fun for Your Dog

Outward Hound Kyjen  PP01076 IntelliBone Dog Toy Plush Interactive Durable 6-Piece Dog Squeak Toys, Large,Multicolor
Outward Hound Kyjen PP01076 IntelliBone Dog Toy Plush Interactive Durable 6-Piece Dog Squeak Toys, Large,Multicolor

Intellibones will keep your dogs busy for hours, even days. The very nature of how they were designed keeps your pet more interested in getting the rings of the bone, and tossing them around, than ripping them apart.

 
Outward Hound Paw Hide Interactive Dog Toy Puzzle for Dogs
Outward Hound Paw Hide Interactive Dog Toy Puzzle for Dogs

Have a smart, food-loving dog? This toy will keep him busy for hours.

 

Bugsy here in the video HAS to have been practicing!

My yellow lab, Blondie, took quite a bit longer to get that center bone out. In fact, she'd work the rings off one by one and then toss them around the room in glee. Before she could get bored and start chomping on them, we'd re-load and she'd enjoy the process of dismantling again and again!

Martha Stewart Pets

Martha Stewart's love for dogs has translated into a great line of pet products, including toys that spark intelligent play.

One Martha Stewart intelligent dog toy is a gray plush squirrel that crinkles when the dog chews as well as squeaking. A stomach-pouch at the front of the toy has two stuffed acorns hidden inside--also with squeakers--for your pup to find. It's a challenge that keeps your pet busy for hours. When the acorns finally are lost or destroyed (dogs will be dogs), hide treats inside!

Martha Stewart Pet Toys are sold exclusively at Petsmart.

The Amazing Treat Machine Interactive Dog Toy
The Amazing Treat Machine Interactive Dog Toy

Watch the video of this amazing gadget. Who would have thought a dog could have so much fun with so little involvement from you?

 

Now try this interactive toy that teaches dogs to think:

The Amazing Treat Machine (see video below) This dog toy challenges your dog to make the toy work for him. After assembly, place dog treats in a canister inside. Give your dog the tennis ball and show him that when he captures the rolling ball, carries it back to and drops it into the box, treats come out! Smart, treat-addicted dogs (which one isn’t?) will go back time and time again while you can finally get some things done!

Amazing Treat Machine

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who write frequently for HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks A.CreativeThinker. Truly, the Intellibone is my favorite!

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    A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

    Great ideas for dog toys. Nice hub. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    So true imkd. Keeping them safe and busy is good.

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    imkd 5 years ago

    cool toys.. i can make my dog busy..and i can go somewhere without him ;)

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    That is so sad but great for your dog to have such a devoted new owner. These toys could help.

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    Karla Iverson 5 years ago from Oregon

    Great hub! I just adopted a dachshund who had a little buddy until their elderly owner died. Now her buddy is in one place and she's in another. I need to find things to interest her.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    For those buying dog toys as gifts, Intellibones are the best!

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    Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

    Wow - it sounds like you know my beagle Ruby. She has shredded every plush toy we have given her with her goal being to get at the squeaker. We then have to play a long game of chase to get the squeaker from her. Now we put her toys up when we are done playing with her. I am definitely going to consider getting both of the toys you wrote about.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    I haven't seen it but you sure are right...it would be an instant winner!

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    Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    One more question; has anyone designed a toy similar to a tree branch, but with less shred-ability? My pup goes for these like babies to a gift box.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Anytime!

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    Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Every day, they get along better. Soon, Finn might not mind that Baxter Thor must eat, lol. Until then, I might take your advice. Thanks!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    We have two dogs, Lexi & Troy, but they get along so well I haven't thought much about it. I think I'd pick times when one was outdoors and play with the other one indoors? And vice versa!

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    Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Sinea Pies, I love the idea of stimulating toys for dogs. I think I saw these at the local upper end pet shop-- I didn't really know what I was looking at. I appreciate this enlightening hub!

    Do you have suggestions that might work for owners of two dogs? My Finn does not let Baxter Thor near food without a fuss, so the intriguing food games would not work. Voted up!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Your dog will LOVE it! It took over a year for our lab to destroy the whole thing and that was because it was a challenge to get the rings off. Other squeezer toys are history in moments with her.

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    theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

    Oh....I so need squeaker toys that wont' be destroyed. I've never heard of these Kyjen toys before....perhaps I should try these. My dogs have a race to see who can destroy toys the fastest...we're talking minutes. Just once I would like them to actually spend a little time appreciating the toy I stood in the isle picking out. lol

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Doggy Hoots? I'm checking those out. Thanks for the tip!

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    Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I threw away a lot of dog toys in the beginning of my relationship with my mini Schnauzer...that is, until I found Doggy Hoots, made by Fat Cat, Inc. These toys are incredibly durable and long-lasting. She has a toybox full of them, some of which have been around as long as five years! I also bought her one of those felt "puzzle" toys, where she has to get a ball out of the right shaped hole. She "conquered" that one right away, but she still enjoys it. Now I'll have to check out the Treat Machine. Jaye

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    These are great toys for dogs. My little shih tzu loves the little tiny rubber toys that squeek! Good hub. Rated up!

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Dogs need to challenge in the critcal thinking skills. I feel so sorry for dogs that are tied up all day in the back yard. Great hub on challenging dogs mentally! Voted up!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    They are fun! When our dogs are happy, we are happy!

    Thanks

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I love these toys, I have to go out and get a couple for my babies - (puggle and peke) Great job.

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    Elsie Nelson 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

    Cool toys! We have a ball that rolls out treats, but my dog is AFRAID of it (it's loud). These are new for me, thanks for sharing.